52-55 -RAIDER 30 US - Multihulls World

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52-55 -RAIDER 30 US - Multihulls World

?testHalfway between a liveaboard and asport cat, the Raider 30 offers agenuinely exciting agenda for thrillseekers...Lively and fun,the Raider 30confirms theadage:“Fast is fun...”At the helm of this catamaran,it‚s easy to give in to thedemon of regattas...On one hull with a 30-foot boat...Raider 30AN AUSTRALIAN THRILLERTEXTES ET PHOTOS :ROY LAUGHLINvisibility and perhaps some protection fromspray. This outboard seating, and the abilitytage of the entire storage volume available,a comfortable week long cruise is wellIn the “shelter”0 of thecockpit located in theback of the hulls...to lean back over the water is the only hikingwithin the capability of Raider’s storageIN THE US MARKET AND TO A LESSER EXTENTELSEWHERE, PRODUCTION PERFORMANCECATAMARANS IN THE 30 FOOT RANGE AREFEW AND FAR BETWEEN. THE RAIDER 30, ATONY GRAINGER DESIGN, IS GETTING MORETHAN A SECOND GLANCE FROM CATAMARANSAILORS WHO WANT A MODERATELY SIZEDRACING CATAMARAN THAT ALSO PROVIDESLIVING ACCOMMODATIONS. THE BASE PRICE,IS AT THE LOWER END OF THE RANGE FORSIMILAR MULTIHULLS. EVEN IF THIS WERE THEONLY CATAMARAN IN ITS CATEGORY, ITWOULD STILL GET ATTENTION FOR ITS RELATI-VE AFFORDABILITY, PERFORMANCE FEATURESAND QUALITY CONSTRUCTION. NONE OFTHESE, HOWEVER, IS MORE IMPORTANT THANOverall Appearance:At first glance, the Raider 30 seems like aRambo-class beach cat. Bows are nearlyplumb and rise high off the water. A meshtrampoline spans the entire area betweenthe hulls, both in front of and aft of the mast.A cross bar connects the tillers, whichcontrol kick up balanced rudders. The starboardhull has a motor bracket for a smalloutboard. The transoms are open sugarscoop style with built in, overboard storagelockers.The 46.5' rotating wing mast on the "GrandPrix" model carries high aspect sails.Daggerboards descend through the hull justaft of the center crossbeam. Each daggerboardis approximately 9' long and heavyenough to lower by gravity and a shove. Inthe first Raiders available in the US, centerboardswere raised manually by a crewmember pulling on a handle. In the mostrecent versions, blocks and cam cleatsmounted adjacent to the boards are used toraise the daggerboards with the ability to usewinch assistance if needed. It is also possibleAfter a viewer notes these traits, the 30 footlength and 19 ft 7in width makes its impression,perhaps slowly, but then dominatesthis catamaran’s character. At 30 ft, it’s halfagain as long as the 20 foot beach cats withsimilar profiles. The trampoline is approximatelythree feet above the water at allpoints. The Raider has 3 notably large elliptically-shapedaluminum cross beams spanningthe hulls. As needed, these crossbeams carry control lines such as the mastrotation lines and mainsail traveler linesinternally to keep the deck clear of clutter, adistinct difference in comparisons withbeach catamarans. The hulls are triangularin cross section to give a favorable, but notextreme, fineness ratio. Inside the hulls,there is 5 ft, 11in headroom in the nacelles.A hatch with a sliding cover and removableLexan® hatch board provides entry into thehull. [The first Raiders imported to the UShad relatively narrow hatch openings. Inmore recent builds, the hatch’s width hasbeen substantially increased to give muchmore convenient access to big people, whowill appreciate the increase.]. Removablecapability the Raider’s crew has; there areno trapeze lines in the usual configurationand given the displacement and beam of theRAIDER, they are probably unnecessary.The hulls’ interior is what one would expectof a racing catamaran with cruising amenities.Each hull has two single berths, coveredwith a foam mattress, one fore, a V-berthshape, and one aft. A toilet is in the starboardhull just aft of the bow’s V-berth. Theport hull has a galley area with the option ofa stainless steel sink and a one burnerstove. There is a fold down dinette table anda small storage cabinet. White gel coatcovers the entire interior of each hull, simplifyingmaintenance and cleaning. A hatchover the forward berth provides light andventilation. A tinted Lexan® window (nonopening) runs the length of the nacelle togive additional interior illumination withoutexcessive heat gain and there are small openingportlights inboard. Hatches giveaccess to space below each berth, and canbe used for storage. Cubbies in the hull andcockpit provide additional, easily accessedcapacity.Hull ConstructionVinylester resins and quadraxial cloth forman outer skin over divinicell foam core.Elsewhere, polyester resins are used.Vacuum bag construction techniques areused throughout. Antiskid is molded into thehull’s gel coat. Rudders and centerboardsare reinforced with carbon fiber.Other SystemsThe Raider has navigation lights on the sidesof the nacelles and on the mast. Interiorlighting is also provided. All are powered bya single 12 v battery. Engine charging of thebattery could be achieved if a buyer opts forone of the 4 stroke outboards which providethat feature.Sailing Rig.The sailing rig proclaims that the Raider is amember of the first ranks of racing catamarans.The Grand Prix model features a 46.5'rotating wing mast which shouts ‘We’reracing’. The boom attaches within 2 feet ofThe running rigging station is particularly ergonomic andwell designed...ITS THRILL FACTOR.to use the movable baby forestays to raisethe boards or attach them to hold the boards"hiking wings" extending out about one footprovide seating for three to four crew mem-storage. Transom steps also have storagebelow, accessible through a hatch. Whilethe mast’s base. The sail’s clew raises theaft end about 3 feet from the trampoline.in the up position for certain sailing angles.bers,additional righting moment, greaterone probably would not race taking advan-This sail shape maximizes the sail’s leading52 MULTIHULLS I WORLD7 3MULTIHULLS I WORLD 53


?testThe very best fittings, well designed and wellplaced... Enough to have fun adjusting this bigsport cat...The hulls offer true features to consider coastalcampingThe “galley”: simple but functionaledge to maximize upwind performance.The mast has an upper and lower pair ofspreaders. The mast is notable in that it isfabricated in 2 pieces joined by an internalsleeve secured by multiple rivets. Thisallows the catamaran and its rigging to beexported from Australia in a single standardcontainer. The mast and other aluminumcomponents are made by Australia’sAllyacht Spars, the company that also fabricatesthe Raider’s hulls. The boom on theboat reviewed is by Seldén of Sweden.Halyards, reefing lines, out haul lines andothers run inside the mast and boom.Excellent layout and use of internal controllines where possible results in a deck whichhas a notably clean appearance andincreased functionality of control lines. Themain sheet traveler car has 3 independentFrederiksen blocks that swivel independentlyto accommodate lines that run to thesail, and a lead to each cockpit. The mainsheet attaches to the boom through a similarset of independent blocks. Main sailcontrols are substantial and sophisticatedin many cases, but when simplicity wouldwork, the designers took advantage of it.The main sail’s clew attaches to the boomwith a double loop of Kevlar® webbingfabric that slides along the boom for outhaul adjustment. A pair of Andersenwinches mounted on each side of the mastsimplifies and eases raising all sails. TheGrand Prix model comes equipped withFrederiksen hardware while the Standardmodel utilizes Ronstan.The Raider’s jib is a fully battened highaspect sail. Hanks hold it on the forestay.This deck sweeping jib has no boom orother support on its base, however, so it isstrongly tensioned in use.The Raider can carry a spinnaker or a furlingscreacher on an articulating bow spritthat extends 6' beyond the front cross bar.The Raider reviewed carried a screacher. Inthis case, the sail was rigged so it could beremoved when not in use. According toGeoff Berg of Allyacht Spars, the Raider’sbuilder, they sometimes remove the screachersail when racing offshore in Australiato avoid the possibility of large waves fillingthe furled fabric with water or even breakingthe furling line leading to an undesiredsail opening. In order to retrieve the sailunder these circumstances, the furlingdrum and attached sail is mounted on a traveler.Releasing the line on the bowsprittraveler brings the head sail’s furler assemblyto the front cross bar where it can beconveniently retrieved.Gary Martin Sails of Australia builds thestandard Kevlar® sails supplied by theAllyacht Spars and Southern Ocean YachtSales to US clients. Calvert Sails built thehigh tech laminate/Kevlar® (Alumashield)sails on the Raider reviewed here.Although the serious racer will probablywant to add high tech sails such as these,upgraded sails aren’t a requirement toenjoy the full measure of the Raider’s speedand thrilling sailing.Test SailNovember winds in Biscayne Bay south ofMiami are often the product of strong coldfronts. The test sail occurred the day aftera strong winter front cleared the Floridapeninsula a day earlier. The winds wereapproximately 10 kt at the beginning of thetest sail. Although they were not notablygusty, they changed heading in buildinggusts, a challenging wind condition for sailboats.It was an excellent day for sailing.We left the dock under motor power. A 10hp motor easily pushes the Raider at 10 knand holds it into the wind for setting thesails. The skipper operates the engine froma transom step. In this position, enginenoise and exhaust smell is significantlyreduced in the cockpit, although sacrificingsome comfort for the helmsman. Given amotor on one side of the catamaran, ruddersprovide better steering under powerthan the motor alone does.Rudder operation is worth comment. Theretractable rudders are raised and loweredwith lines running through the tiller handleto the rudder. Often, putting rudders downis not as difficult as keeping them down.The friction on the rudders exerted by therudder castings can be adjusted as necessary.On the Raider reviewed, the loweringline is wrapped around a cleat to maintainthe rudder in the down position even whenseaweed fouls the rudder. The catamaran’sskipper, Craig Callahan, says the cleatedlines work well to hold the rudders downeven in heavy sea conditions yet thecontrol lines are designed to break shouldthere be a severe rudder impact. In shallowwaters the lines can be loosened to allowthe rudders to kick up in an accidentalgrounding.The bolt rope mainsail is easily raisedwithout the winch, although the final tensioningis easier and quicker using the winch.The jib is an easily raised hank-on type.Raising the jib and the main sail require tensioningthe battens during the raising if thathas not already been done.In the variable winds of the test sail, theRaider easily sailed 10 - 12 kn. When thesails and heading were completely tweaked,the Raider occasionally hit speeds of 15knots going off the wind with the screacher.The helm was well balanced, especially withthe boards down. Rudders needed onlyslightly more force than necessary with a 20foot beach to control the tiller.The Raider normally carries a 3-4 personracing crew. One is the helmsman, thesecond runs the main sheet and the othershandle the head sails as necessary. Twopeople could conveniently cruise the Raider,but not necessarily to the performance levelof racing.The Raider is notably dry while sailing undermoderate wind conditions, a result that mayseem paradoxical considering the meshtrampoline throughout. The crew commentedthat it can be a wet ride in some conditionsin larger waves and at higher speedswith the forward cockpit position being thewettest. Because the catamaran can be sailedwith the windward hull nearly or entirelyout of the water, this hull is dry most ofthe time.The Raider tacks quickly and easily. Whendone properly, a tack is one of the mostexhilarating experiences on the Raider. Themain fills explosively in a strong wind andthe boat leaps forward to a new heading.What a rush!Controlling the sails’ sheet lines and othercontrol lines depends primarily but not entirelyon muscle power. There is a pair of selftailingAndersen stainless steel winches onthe mast, and 4 additional Andersenwinches in each cockpit to control jib, screacher,mainsheet and main traveler. Rig designershave done a good job of scaling otherforce multiplying devices where they areessential. The crew should be strong, butnot bionic, to sail this boat to the highestperformance level.Other FeaturesThe Raider is made to be hauled on a trailer.This job will not be a routine for most users,but sailors living where the sport is seasonal,storms threaten or dockage space islimited, will appreciate trailerability .Complete take down with moderate experiencetakes 3-4 hours.The Raider comes in two models, one forracing, the other geared more to cruising.For buyers wishing an easier to handleRaider, a model with a shorter mast, raisedboom with lazy jacks and a self tacking jibon a furler is available. Prices: $79,000.00for the Standard Version and $89,000.00 forthe Grand Prix. A list of optional interiorfurnishings and additions will further enhancethe cruising experience.Imported exclusively by Southern OceanYacht Sales, Inc. of Miami, FL, the Raider canbe delivered to buyers anywhere. Since thefirst Raider hit the U.S. last year, the designhas racked up impressive race results includingfirst place finishes in the 2002 ConchCup Regatta, 2002 Lime Cup Regatta, First toFinish in the 2003 Fort Lauderdale-Key WestRace (just over 13 hours for the 165 milerace) , and most recently second place inthe multihull class in the 2003 SouthernOcean Racing Challenge race in Miami. Theassigned rating of -35 is an indication of thespeed potential of this new performancecatamaran.ConclusionThe Raider is a successful intermediatesized racing boat and performance cruiser.While trimarans have dominated this segmentof the multihull market for at least adecade and a half since the last Stiletto wasbuilt, the Raider is making a vigorous andassertive effort to put a catamaran back intothe mix. For multihull sailors wanting justthe simple thrill of sailing 15 -20 knots ormore on one hull in a warm breeze, theRaider is a completely fulfilling experience.Add in cruising amenities and affordablecost, and this catamaran could become anew object of desire for the multihulltude.Although equipped with a trampoline,the Raider 30 gets you wet only if you “turn her on”...?Specifications➤LOA 9.2 m 30 ft 2 in➤Beam over all 6 m 19 ft 7 in➤Hull Beam 1.2 m 4 ft➤mast height 13 m 43 ft➤weight 1400 kg 3100 lb➤Headroom 3.3 m 5'11inDraft➤Hulls 0.3 m 1 ft➤Rudder 0.7 m 2.4 ft➤Daggerboard 1.5 m 5 ftSails➤Mainsail area 36 m2 390 sf➤Jib area 16 m2 175 sf➤Screacher 29 m2 311 sfInformationsExclusive North Americanimporter & DealerSOUTHERN OCEAN YACHT SALES, INC2000 South Dixie Highway Suite 100-EMiami, Fl 33133USATel. +1 (305) 860-5635Fax. +1 (305) 860-5428info@southernoceanyachtsales.com54 MULTICOQUES I MAG7 3MULTICOQUES I MAG 55

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